Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Official Response from Bp. Schneider regarding Amoris Laetitia

Originally posted on Rorate Caeli, this is the official response to the disgraceful "Joy of Sex" document issued by Pope Francis from His Excellency, The Most Reverend Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Mary in Astona, Khazakstan. Bishop Schneider wants his response posted on every website possible, so here it is:

"Amoris laetitia": a need for clarification in order to avoid a general confusion

The paradox of the contradictory interpretations of "Amoris laetitia"

The recently published Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia (AL), which contains a plethora of spiritual and pastoral riches with regard to life within marriage and the Christian family in our times, has unfortunately, within a very short time, led to very contradictory interpretations even among the episcopate. 

There are bishops and priests who publicly and openly declare that AL represents a very clear opening-up to communion for the divorced and remarried, without requiring them to practice continence. In their opinion, it is this aspect of sacramental practice, which, according to them, is now to undergo a significant change that gives AL its truly revolutionary character. Interpreting AL with reference to irregular couples, a president of a Bishops’ Conference has stated, in a text published on the website of the same Bishops’ Conference: “This is a disposition of mercy, an openness of heart and of spirit that needs no law, awaits no guideline, nor bides on prompting. It can and should happen immediately”.

This opinion was further confirmed by the recent declarations of Father Antonio Spadaro S.J., after the Synod of Bishops in 2015, that the Synod had established the “foundations” for the access of divorced and remarried couples to communion by “opening a door” that had still been closed during the previous Synod in 2014. Now, as Father Spadaro alleges in his commentary on AL, his prediction has been confirmed. There are rumours that Father Spadaro was a member of the editorial group behind AL.

The way to abusive interpretations appears to have been paved by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn himself, who said, during the official presentation of AL in Rome, with regard to irregular unions, that: “My great joy as a result of this document resides in the fact that it coherently overcomes that artificial, superficial, clear division between 'regular' and 'irregular'“. Such a statement suggests that there is no clear difference between a valid, sacramental marriage and an irregular union, between venial and mortal sin. 

On the other hand, there are bishops who claim that AL ought to be read in the light of the perennial magisterium of the Church and that AL does not permit access to communion for divorced and remarried couples, not even in exceptional cases. This statement is fundamentally correct and desirable. In fact, the content of every Magisterial text must, as a rule, be in its content consistent with the former teachings of the Magisterium of the Church, without any break. 

It is no secret, however, that divorced and remarried couples are admitted to Holy Communion in a number of churches, without their being required to practice continence. It must be admitted that certain statements in AL could be used to justify an abusive practice that has already been going on for some time in various places and circumstances in the life of the Church. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Report: Norwegian bishop says "No" to signing civil marriage licenses

Here it goes: Catholics in Norway will no longer be able to legally marry, thanks to the state-run Norwegian Lutheran Church's governing body voted to allow same-sex marriages. The Bishop of Oslo and three other Protestant leaders have ordered their clergy not to sign civil marriage licenses because of this vote. (News item here)

Catholics have been a small minority in Scandinavia since the Reformation. Before that several canonized saints were produced. Now it is all lost for good. 

The few Norwegian Catholics who wish to marry now have to leave the country just to do so. 

Martin Luther invented civil marriage because he did not consider matrimony a sacrament. This heresy spread worldwide. In states (or countries) where you need a license to marry, you need a license to marry, period. For the past twelve years newlyweds in Massachusetts have been filling-out the blasphemous Romney Marriage License, which must be filled-out and signed by clergy if they are to officiate. 

Sunday, April 3, 2016

DO NOT take Amoris Laetitiae seriously; Ignore it!

The Latin title of the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation to be released this Friday is Amoris Laetitiae, which literally translates to "The Joy of Sex." The unholy see is insisting that the official English title is "The Joy of Love." 

Don't expect anything good out of this. This document is expected to not only open the door to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive the sacraments (officially), but the implications could be much worse for anyone who is under the direct jurisdiction of the bishops. For example, this document could include:
  • The recognition of gay and lesbian couples as Catholics in good standing;
  • The requirement that priests officiate at weddings of cohabitating couples, interfaith couples, and gay and lesbian couples;
  • The requirement that priests and deacons baptize all infants regardless of the religious or marital situation of the parents;
  • The universal requirement that Catholic schools admit all children regardless of religion or sexual orientation of the students or parents/guardians;
  • The mandate of sex education in all Catholic schools;
  • The mandate that no one be denied the right to serve as a godparent, Confirmation sponsor, or bridesmaid or groomsman on account of gender, religion, or sexual orientation;
  • The mandate that everyone who requests Christian burial gets it. 
This is scary! 

Thank God Benedict XVI is still (barely) hanging on. Once he passes away I hope it is after Bergoglio. 

I did not remain a Catholic to accept modernist errors. 

I am the only Catholic in New England who publicly (via this blog) defends the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony and who can receive it. 


If you want to learn from a real theologian from relatively modern times about Holy Matrimony, read Three To Get Married by Bishop Sheen. I read it recently, and this belongs in every Pre-Cana class. The third person is God. 

UPDATE 4/8/2016:

Video response:

Friday, March 25, 2016

Good Friday: 25th anniversary of the passing of Archbishop Lefebvre

Abp. Lefebvre, pray for us!
Twenty-five years ago today, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre died. 

If it were not for the efforts of this (should-be canonized) saint, no layperson would be attending the Traditional Latin Mass nor receiving the unreformed Sacraments. No priest (whether diocesan or religious) would be saying the Traditional Mass today if Archbishop Lefebvre didn't start the SSPX. The priests of all traditionalist priestly orders (regardless of philosophical or political differences) would not have been admitted to seminary by most modernist diocesan bishops. 

Quite frankly, with the Belgian ISIS attack this past Monday shows that we are all lucky to be alive. If it weren't for the traditionalist priests and bishops: Our Catholic Clergy, the world would have ended a while ago. Their offerings of the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass every day are keeping the world existent. 

Ultimately, his decision to consecrate bishops without a Papal mandate near the end of his natural life was the right one, regardless of where you currently attend Mass. Without a doubt, he was holier than the post-Vatican II popes combined. I fear that no one as holy and pious as Marcel Lefebvre will occupy the throne of Peter anytime in my lifetime (that is, as compatible as Pope St. Pius X). In return no one decent will be consecrated to the episcopacy with a Papal mandate anytime soon. 

It is fitting that this anniversary happens to fall on Good Friday this year, where Jesus Christ died for the remission of our sins. The blood of martyrdom awaits all Christians. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Social media info image gets Sacred Triduum wrong!

Jonathan Teixeira and Melissa Keating have produced a chart for the Focus Blog entitled "An Illustrated Guide to the Triduum." Naturally there are quite a few errors associated with it. 

First of all, they state that the color of the vestments for the Good Friday Mass of the Presanctified are red. This is false as the priest actually wears black as the Requiem for Jesus Christ. 

The second error is for Holy Saturday Easter Vigil, the priest wears white throughout. This is false, since the first half of the Easter Vigil is the actual vigil service, where the priest wears purple. After the consecration of the Paschal Candle, the Prophecies, the Litanies, (and if so the Baptisms) the priest vests for the First Mass of Easter, which is separate from the vigil service. The reason why the Easter Vigil is not allowed to begin until after sunset is so meant to have the first Easter Mass beginning around Midnight (like Christmas). Often times it is shorter if there are no baptisms. After Mass the Great Lauds of Easter are sung (and therefore no Last Gospel). 

Finally, in the section for the Easter Vigil called "Live the Day," there's a picture of a chicken bone with the caption "Have a feast!" No one should not have meat until they have fulfilled there Easter Sunday obligation by attending Mass. (You have until Trinity Sunday to fulfill your Easter communion duty.) 

Typical Novus Ordo. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Please sign petition to stop dishonoring St. Patrick!

Please sign this petition sponsored by Mass Resistance and the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts to the Allied Veterans War Council of South Boston to STOP DISHONORING SAINT PATRICK! 

This year's parade, like last year's, will be LGBT inclusive at the request of Mayor Marty Walsh. This has caused Faithful Catholics to boycott St. Patrick's Day Parades all over the world. Additionally, this year's parade route has been shortened by two miles. 

Most persons in today's dark world, and many in the Church, have no clue that St. Patrick's Day always falls during LENT. This year's South Boston parade is scheduled for PALM SUNDAY, where there should be a procession of palms instead. Lenten feasts take precedent on the liturgical calendar, and St. Patrick's Day is only a commemoration on weekdays of Lent. 

Unfortunately, because St. Patrick is a principal patron of the Archdiocese of Boston, his feast day is a Double of the First Class, where white vestments and the Gloria are sung. Any parish named after St. Patrick (Natick, Stoneham, Watertown, Roxbury; Rutland and Whitinsville in the Worcester Diocese, to name a few local examples) celebrates March 17th the same way (unless it falls on Sunday or Holy Week). 

In my personal opinion, there should no parades for St. Patrick because his day falls during Lent for a reason. I've never been to one since I marched in one as a kid and have no future plans to continue. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Why I might not achieve my goal...

This past Sunday I got a hold of the flyer advertising the 2016 "Catholic" Appeal for the Archdiocese of Boston, and that next weekend (March 5-6) will be "Commitment Weekend", where parishioners will be asked to make their pledge to support the annual fundraiser. Unlike previous years, the flyer was printed in both English and Spanish. The front cover shows Cardinal Sean saying the Novus Ordo Cookie with several young adults kneeling at the cookie table.

Inside the flyer states under the headline of "Tribunal Ministry": 
Offering healing and closure for those seeking annulments through a more simplified process recently decreed by our Holy Father. 
Yes, that's right. The Archdiocese actually will embrace "Catholic Divorce" even more with your donations. And if Sean will preside over most hearings, then he will grant an annulment every time. Any Catholic couple who gets a civil divorce will get an annulment from Sean. No justice here.

Another factor is if a couple marries with the Tridentine Mass and for some stupid reason they get divorced. If they petition Boston's Metropolitan Tribunal, they will get an annulment based on "defect of form." No justice here.

Finally, these reasons could be direct reasons why I might not achieve my goal of finding my Catholic wife. Open to seeing a Novus Ordo female who wishes to switch now might never learn the full grasp of Catholic Tradition quick enough. Another consideration is that a young woman who attends the TLM at an "approved" location (like myself) now may be open to birth control because of Pope Francis. Anyone who mildly supports or admires Francis is not going to be a good fit, regardless of which liturgy they regularly attend. 

Specifically, in the Archdiocese of Boston under Sean, the parish priest no longer has the final say on the booking of a wedding in his parish. (This was discovered in an insert last year.) Couples who wish to marry in a parish church in this Archdiocese will not only have to wait for the Metropolitan Tribunal to approve your application, but will be sent to an unorthodox Pre-Cana program with cohabitation and condoms to boot. 

In order to guarantee a fully-Catholic wedding in Boston, you will have to have a visiting priest (perhaps of the SSPX) say your Nuptial Mass at a neutral site. This would be canonically correct under supplied jurisdiction to avoid heresy. Many women won't want to hear this, but this is the sad reality up here. 

For the record, if you support contraception, I'm not your guy. 

If you are sympathetic to the left, I'm not your guy. 

If you support "marriage equality", I'm not your guy. 

If you want to make some exceptions to justify killing a baby in the womb, then I'm not your guy. 

If you don't want to go to the Traditional Latin Mass from this day forward, then I'm definitely not your guy. 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Cardinal Wuerl denies Justice Scalia Requiem Mass, Juventutem Boston to fill void

With deep regrets I have the solemn duty of reporting that today's funeral for Justice Antonin Scalia was according to the Novus Ordo per order of Donald Cardinal Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington, D.C. 

Despite having a son who says the Tridentine Mass and having attended the True Mass himself, Justice Scalia was slighted the Requiem Mass for his official state funeral. 

Fortunately, Juventutem Boston will be hosting a Requiem Mass for the Justice next Saturday, Feb. 27th at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes in Newton at 7PM. Fr. Kwang Lee is scheduled to be the celebrant.